National Festival of Breads crowns baking champion

Ronna Farley of Rockville, MD, was named the grand prize winner of the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition for her Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf.
 
Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, was named the grand prize winner of the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition for her Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf. Ms. Farley’s recipe was selected from among eight finalist recipes baked at the competition held June 17 in Manhattan and sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast, and the Kansas Wheat Commission.
 
As the 2017 National Festival of Breads champion, Ms. Farley received $2,000 in cash, plus a trip to attend a baking class of her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont. In addition, she will receive a supply (120 envelopes) of Red Star Yeast. Ms. Farley’s recipe was entered in the “Whole Grain Breads” category.
 
The finalists for each category and special award winners included:
 
• Time-Saving & Simple Breads category: Mexican Street Corn Skillet Bread, Michele Kusma, Columbus, Ohio; and Southwest Focaccia, Jane Fry, Elk Falls, Kansas.
 
• Holiday Breads category: Toasted Cardamom Nordic Crown, Patrice Hurd, Bemidji, Minnesota; and Orange-Spice Anadama Wreath with Walnuts and Dates, Kellie White, Valley Park, Missouri.
 
• Roll category: Orange Marmalade Breakfast Crescents, Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania; and Turmeric-Rosemary and Sweet Potato Rosettes, Tiffany Aaron, Quitman, Arkansas.
 
• Whole Grain Breads category: Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf, Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland; and Butternut Romesco Braid, Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah.
 
Additional information about the 2017 National Festival of Breads, including the finalists' recipes and a complete list of sponsors, is available at www.nationalfestivalofbreads.com